Troubleshooting error codes on Amana washers can get challenging from time to time. So, if you’re seeing the F4 E0 error code, don’t worry. You’ll learn what to do in this guide.
The F4 E0 error code on an Amana washer means there’s a system error likely caused by a problem with the heating element or temperature sensor. The most likely causes are a damaged heating element, a failed temperature sensor, or a problematic main control board. The affected part that triggers this error code must be replaced to resolve the issue.
Let’s take a closer look at the causes behind the F4 E0 error code and what you can do to resolve them.
What The F4 E0 Code Means On An Amana Washer?
When you see the F4 E0 error code on your Amana washing machine, that means the washer is experiencing a system error. That error is most likely triggered by a problem related to the washer’s heating element that’s not working or not being detected by the washer.
Initial Troubleshooting Step
Before we dive deeper into exploring the most likely causes and solutions for those problems, let’s take a look at the first troubleshooting step you should take.
When facing the F4 E0 error code, the first thing you should do is reset your Amana washing machine following these steps:
- Press the Power button once to clear the code.
- Press the Power button a second time to turn the washer back on.
- Select a new wash program and see if the washer will work normally.
Following this process should clear the code and allow you to resume normal operation of the appliance. In case that doesn’t work, you can troubleshoot the problem further by following the steps detailed in the next section.
Possible Causes And Solutions
As mentioned before, the F4 E0 error code on your Amana washing machine is most likely caused by a heating element issue. The heating element itself could have failed, or the temperature sensor that monitors it could be the one at fault.
Besides that, it’s also likely that the control board has failed, particularly its components responsible for controlling the heating element.
Heating Element Not Working
What it is: The heating element in your washing machine is a metal coil that’s responsible for heating the water and air inside the appliance. The wash program that you select to clean your laundry will have a pre-set temperature, or you may adjust it according to your needs.
Once the wash program begins, the heating element will turn on and stay on until the air and water has reached that set temperature. Should the temperature drop below a certain level, the heating element will turn on and repeat the process.
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How it fails: Heating elements can fail for several reasons. For example, the element itself might be corroded or broken, especially if it has been in use for many years. Besides that, the heating element might have also suffered an electrical fault, like grounding out (by coming into contact with other metal parts of the washer) or suffering damage from power surges such as those during a lightning storm.
How to fix: Unfortunately, a failed heating element cannot be repaired. Instead, you must have it replaced entirely with a new heating element. That replacement can be performed by removing the existing heating element and mounting a new one in its place.
Firstly, refer to your user manual to locate and identify the heating element on your particular washer model. You’ll likely have to remove the back panel and locate the heating element which is attached to the drum. From there, you can disconnect the electrical wiring and then unthread the bolt or screw holding it in place.
With the old one freed and the new securely mounted, replace the electrical wiring the exact same way as the old one.
Faulty Temperature Sensor
What it is: The temperature sensor is exactly as the name suggests: it senses how hot the inside of the washing machine is at any given time and communicates that information to the main control board.
When the sensor detects that the temperature is too high, the washer will turn off the heating element. On the other hand, it’ll also turn on the heating element when the temperature sensor detects that the washer has not reached the set temperature, based on the wash program.
How it fails: The temperature sensor can suffer from faults that prevent it from working correctly. For instance, the sensor itself could have shorted out, or its wiring could have become damaged.
When the temperature sensor stops working, your washing machine won’t be able to detect whether or not the heating element is working. As such, the machine will trigger the F4 E0 error code.
How to fix: Much like the heating element, a faulty temperature sensor is not repairable and must be replaced. You’ll have to remove the back panel of the washer to gain access to the temperature sensor which is attached to the washer drum.
Once you’ve located and identified the temperature sensor, you can unthread the bolt or screw that holds it in place and remove it entirely. Disconnect the electrical connector attached to it and reconnect it to the new sensor.
Lastly, mount the sensor where the old one was located.
Failed Main Control Board
What it is: The main control board is the brain of the entire Amana washer. It’s a printed circuit board consisting of many tiny components, each one controlling a different function or feature of your appliance.
On the control board, you’ll find components that are responsible for controlling the functions of the heating element and the temperature sensor as well. When the board is in good working order, it’ll power the heating element on and off as needed.
How it fails: The main control board can suffer from electrical faults and physical damage. For example, a power surge could damage some or all of the components on the board, while the same can also happen due to excess heat or moisture seeping through the washer.
In the case of the F4 E0 error code, it’s likely that the components connected to the heating element and temperature sensor are the ones that are damaged.
How to fix: You can resolve this issue by replacing the control board in your Amana washer. Firstly, you must locate the control board on your Amana washer. Top-load washers house the control board behind the control panel. Front-load washers, however, will require you to open the top panel to find the housing inside.
You’ll find that there are plenty of wires connected to the board. To avoid confusion later, take a photo of those connections to use as a reference. Then, remove all those connections and replace the board with a new one.
Finally, reconnect all the wiring the same way as before.
How To Clear The F4 E0 Error Code?
To clear the F4 E0 error code, you must resolve the root cause that triggered the code. That way, the code won’t persist or come back anytime soon.
Once that’s done, you can also reset the washer to clear that and any other stored error codes.
How To Reset An Amana Washer?
Resetting an Amana washer is straightforward, as all you’ll have to do is cycle its power. To do so, follow these steps:
- Firstly, disconnect all power to the Amana washer. That means removing its plug from the wall socket or turning off its dedicated circuit breaker.
- Then, leave the machine alone for one minute to discharge any electricity retained inside.
- Finally, turn the machine back on and continue using it normally.
How to Test An Amana Washer After Fixing It?
The best way to test your Amana washer after fixing it is to run a complete wash cycle from start to finish. That will give you a chance to see that all of its functions are working correctly.
For a more thorough test, you can enter the machine’s diagnostics or test mode.
How To Enter Diagnostic Mode On An Amana Washer?
You can enter the diagnostic or test mode on an Amana washer by turning the cycle selector knob following a specific sequence. That sequence is as follows:
- Firstly, turn the knob clockwise (right) three times, with a half-second delay between each turn.
- After that, turn the knob counter-clockwise (left) one time and wait another half a second.
- Next, turn the knob clockwise (right) again and wait for another half-second.
- At this point, turn the knob either way until the “Wash, Rinse, and Done” light has turned on.
- Press the Start button to begin the test mode.
Once that’s done, the machine will automatically run several tests to ensure all of its functions are in good working order.